Luke will do well. He is very close to his family. Was a shame he and Kollin didn't get an opportunity to fulfill their dream of a Nat'l Championship. Luke is part of their RTC so he will be getting paid by their RTC. That's how it works. The unfortunate consequence of not competing at the nationals and winning for both he & Kollin is that it reduces their opportunity to earn money with camps and sponsors. That's how they support themselves and National Champions are rewarded financially for their accomplishments. As Big Ten Champions and All Americans, it carries some weight as well with camps and sponsors. Luke and Kollin have difficult roads ahead in their quest for the Olympic team given how loaded those weight classes are. Zain, Yanni, Oliver and Joey M at 65kg and Nickel, Kyle & J'den at 97kg. There should be 10 weight classes for men at the Olympics like there are at the Worlds. It makes no sense.
Mass. is not a good football state. Let them lock down their low 3 stars so our wide receivers can continue to burn them on crossing routes each November.
Boykin is a classic Greco-Roman guy like Brady Koontz. He has been at 97kg and has lost more than 50 lbs since HS and spent 3 years at Colorado Springs foregoing his senior year of HS. Another good practice competitor whose future is in Greco and the wrestling staff like the strong core values that he brings to the team. We have depth on this team even with the departures of Kerkvliet & Mattox which opened up space. I'm not convinced Kerkvliet sticks at Penn State. He just wants to wrestle and that's it. That's no knock on him but that's his priority. Penn State is his 4th landing place. Having outstanding leaders like Kollin Moore, Myles Martin & J'den Cox around is such an added bonus for the younger upper weight guys.
Decatur struggled with his conditioning at133 but I don’t see him going up. He just has to be more disciplined with his diet. He thought he was being redshirted and had to drop weight. D’Emilio was hurt. Kinner will have to go to141. Good problem to have.
I wouldn't discount Hoffman at heavyweight or Kinner at 141. Kinner or Cleary can't beat The Cuban Missile... Anthony would have been in the Nat'l Championship chase this year. He is that good. A former national champion told me he has the most God given talent he has ever seen. Chase needs to stay healthy or we could see Hoffman there. And future AA's Shumate and Paddy in 2021/22. The future is very bright for the Buckeye grapplers!
I have seen him wrestle several times live and he has ability. He is inconsistent. He can perform well one match and then not wrestle well his next match. With Tervel coaching him and better practice partners, he will definitely improve his consistency. I would not write off Gas Tank. And yes, the plan is for Chase to go to 197.
Absolutely Andy. It's a big recruiting pitch for the top elite high school wrestlers. We have had the most successful RTC program in history with the number of World and Olympic team members. Tommy Rowlands jump started its success. Kollin will be on the RTC for sure. I'm nut sure about Luke yet but I imagine he will be. His development between his junior and senior years has been amazing. Getting J'Den Cox to be part of the Ohio RTC program was a much needed addition after the departure of Kyle S.
I agree with Tom Ryan 100%. All the seedings in each weight class should be awarded All American status for this season.
One has to wonder if his academics are in order regarding Lewis.
Three time Big Ten Champion and 3x All-American is quite an accomplishment. There should be an asterisk next to his name for 4x All-American at a minimum. The culture of the program has his mind in the right place and if you read Coach Ryan's upcoming book Chosen Suffering, you will understand why.
Stud's 1st recruiting class was actually 2017, His first coaching year was 2016. You are listing five guys above that were actually recruited by Warriner. Not necessarily defending Stud but Grant Schmidt was gone even before Stud was here. He got blasted for the recruiting class of 2018. RB coach was a pariah too after this last year's blip but now he's Mr. 4**** recruiter and so is Stud.
Will probably go to Spencer Lee but Kollin very deserving to be named a Finalist. God willing however remote that Kollin and Luke are granted an extra year of eligibility.
He is one of the most physically gifted wrestlers the coaches have ever seen and a former national champion told me the sky is limitless for him. I have met him and he's a great young man, very bright and his teammates love him. What a testimony he has escaping from the draconian Marxist government of Cuba. He is good enough right now to compete for a national championship if he were eligible.
Andy, you are correct, Thanks for the update. Nate lost 3-1. It was a very good 1st international tournament for NATO in several years after recovering fully from injuries. Senior men's finals at Penn State April 4-5. J'den and Kyle will be the most anticipated match by far.
Great effort by Sammy! Jordan clearly has an issue making weight at 133. He's gassed each match by the beginning of the 3rd. He will be at 141 next season and you will see a vast improvement. Elijah and Kinner might be wrestling off soon. Kinner is supposedly coming up to 157. I see Rocky improving each match. His conditioning is getting better.
K. Romero moving up to 174 has really been a big boost to his improvement & confidence. He struggled to make weight at 165 last year. Great duel meet. Coach Ryan said before the match that bonus points would be the difference in victory.
He will be our future Brian Hartline DL coach. One must remember he was a GA too before being promoted.
Andy, Paddy and his dad have been coming down for the home meets. They love the spirituality of the program. Paddy at 157 and Carson at 165. More good news is on the way in the near future!
Yes he is.
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Echemendia arriving in mid-December and is currently in Colorado Springs. Obviously, the line-up won't be set until January. 165 is definitely still up in the air from what I'm hearing. Chase's match was most impressive today. He is definitely motivated to honor his little bro's memory. Quinn Kinner will be on the platform in March. The future is bright. Andy, like your articles on Flo.
David Carr convoluted the recruitment. Lou Rosselli benefitted from it.
There are probably some tickets still available for Sunday’s match. I would call the OSU ticket office.
Ironically, Demas is from Columbus. His older brother wrestled for us. We recruited David Carr from Massillon Perry instead of the younger Demas who were both in the same weight class at the time and Carr was rated higher. Carr was going to commit here until his father became an assistant at his alma mater Iowa State.
Malik may redshirt and Decatur will go down to 125. That's why he wasn't there and Quinner was at 133. Great performances by Luke & Sammy! Chase weighs at best about 222/223 now after U23. He wrestled at 230 last year. That's the problem. He was going down to 197 next year. Not sure what is going on with Hoffman at 184...has not wrestled well so far. We will find out more on Sunday, Disappointing about Kerkvliet. I'm not convinced he even wants to go to college. He just wants to wrestle. Andy, thanks for your write up & coverage!